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Vision Loss Due to Macular Degeneration

By January 10, 2018 March 29th, 2018 Abby's Answers

Question:

My father has lost a great deal of his vision due to macular degeneration. I’m wondering if there is anything, that is able, to restore some part of his vision. We had been told, when he was first diagnosed, that there was little that could be done to improve his vision. I would appreciate your thoughts on this. – Sarah

Answer:

Dear Sarah, Age related macular degeneration (ARMD) is the most common form of blindness in those over 65. Clinical studies have demonstrated that there are substances that can retard the progress of ARMD and may result in some restoration of visions. I highly recommend large doses of lutein. Lutein is the principal carotenoid concentrated in the macula, the central area of the retina responsible for vision. My clients have markedly improved ARMD using supplements high in lutein, zeaxanthin, etc. Prediabetes and diabetes is also a contributing factor in ARMD. Your father should be aware of his A1C and attempt to lower his blood level. An additional approach is to enhance blood flow to the eye with added supplements as well as taking bioflavonoids to maintain capillary integrity in the eye. Hope these suggestions are helpful. Let me know how he does.

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Abby has a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Maryland, she graduated with honors from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC. She has a Masters degree in Medical & Biological Illustration from the University of Michigan. In 1997, she established Abby's Health & Nutrition.

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